Saturday, November 27, 2010

A thanksgiving Paula Deen Tribute.

This thanksgiving I was tasked with making the two pies. One classic apple, and the other a "not to spicy" pumpkin pie. Easy as that was, somewhere in the time it took the exceptionally buttery dough to chill, Emily and I started watching Paula Deen youtube videos...Deep-Fried Green Tomatoes? yep she can. Doughnut Burgers? yep she did. Deep-fried cheesecake?!?!?.... Some questions come to mind like; "Who has a deep-fryer AT HOME?!?!" "So thats how you cover up the fact your burger sauce sucks..." "Was that cheese cake just not good enough for you?" and "Wait a minute lets try and make one of those, how bad could it be?"

Five minutes later there was a little blob of butter pastry dough being rolled millimeter thin. Chocolate being delicately chopped up and whipped cream being made. The finished product was not cheese cake deep fried but rather an accidental puffball-shaped cannoli (when I say "cannoli" it may have the flavour, but no italian grandmother would recognize) These will make wonderful little party deserts or hors d'oeuvres to fatten up your victims (err...guests) before the toast in your honor.

So take your butter pastry and a rolling pin and bring it down to about wonton or spring roll thickness. Make a nice pile of chocolate chunks in the middle (about the diameter of a 50 cent piece.) Take all the sides and tuck into a ball shape. Cover the joints with some egg wash then flip-over and place onto an oiled baking sheet. Egg wash the top side and sprinkle with a liberal amount of sugar. Pop 'em into a 375 degree oven. Bake until a nice dark golden-brown colour appears on top. Remove and let cool on the sheet, it is important that you don't move the balls until the chocolate has solidified significantly. Now put some whipped cream into a zip-lock, snip the tip, puncture the top of your puff-ball cannoli and fill with cream. Leave some cream sitting on top for looks because cooking, as we all know, is about the style. Serve. and Enjoy.

One puff-ball:
-2 Tablespoons Pastry Dough
-1 Tablespoon Chocolate
-Egg White (for washing it in)
-3 Tablespoons Whipped Cream